New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“The whole media world to me is very strange. Understandably, to make things interesting, sometimes you have to have an angle, but sometimes there really is no angle.”
Amy Grant singer, 1995Family history something to cherish
EDITORIALA sense of chic dutyNewest Edwards Aquifer Authority board member gets kudos for getting involved
The Friday edition of the Herald-Zeitung carried a story on page IA about Rita Banda, the new District 8 representative on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board.
Banda, who works with her husband in their home repair business, was a political unknown before the recent EAA elections. She ran unopposed for the District 8 seat.
Her story is one we all can learn from.
Banda became concerned about water issues facing this region and felt compelled to do something about it.
This newspaper has continued to encourage area residents to take part in the political process surrounding management of the aquifer resource. Banda took that advice one step farther, educating herself and attending meetings of the EAA board to get a better working knowledge of the physical and political considerations surrounding the water source.
Because so many divergent views exist on how best to manage (if at all) pumping of die aquifer, and whether or not to limit that pumping if natural springs are endangered,
Banda felt it necessary to visit the library, Witte Museum and hold discussions with experts on the aquifer.
She, in a sense, became her own grassroots organization, acting independently from other entities or affiliations.
That same independence will likely be tested when the various factions on and off of the EAA board come calling for her vote.
But the newest member of the aquifer authority’s governing body is confident she’s up to the challenge.
“I’ve always been able to work well with people and be fair-minded,’’ she said. “Everything just fell into place. I believe that God put this together and I feel a heavy responsibility. It’s not something where I felt like I wanted to have a political career.**
We salute her sense of civic pride and duty.
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This past week, our eldest child became a teenager. When her brothers turned seven and IO this year, their mother and I made an effort to go to school and have lunch with them.
I asked our daughter the evening before her birthday if she would like for me to join her for lunch at the middle school.
Her response was predictable.
“No, dad,” she said, without bothering to take her head out of the refrigerator. The next morning she even declined her mother’s invitation to drive her to school.
“No, mom, it would be embarrassing,” she said, unconcerned that her mother might not appreciate being lumped in the same category as a pimple or a bad hair day.
It was at that moment that I mentioned to my wife that if my math was correct, we were about to embark on 12 consecutive years of having a teenager in our home.
When one thinks about it, having to be a teenager yourself for six or so years is bad enough. It doesn’t seem fair that parents have to endure it again with their own children.
Her birthday celebration was a simple affair, with parents, brothers and an opa and oma around the dinner table.
We toasted with our paper cups of Dr Pepper and each of us spoke about what we appreciated about her. Her 7-year-old brother said, “I like the way you help me with those word puzzles."
Her parents and grandparents words of praise were more articulate and personal, but no more touching or sincere than those few words from her youngest brother.
Our informal nte of passage caused a few tears and a lot of hugs.
It was a school night and mom and the grandparents were exhausted, as were the children. After they were in bed, this dad found himself awake and pondering his daughter’s future.
What do you tell a teenager, in particular, a girl? I had to resist the compulsion lo try and warn her
about life. I wrote down a few ideas, but I doubt if she would have listened. She probably will have to figure them out on her own, just like her parents did.
Here they are:
— You have to be a good friend to have good friends.
— Prejudice should never be tolerated. A very good friend of mine, an African-American medic in Vietnam, refused to call the Vietnam Conga or the Vietnamese “Gooks” because he said it would be hypocritical to use a degrading name to describe a people, even an enemy. Judge people on their character and their actions, not their skin color, religion or sex.
— Remember that it is not just males who discriminate because of sex. Women (or girls) often are as sexist and rude and degrading toward other woman as some men.
— Never criticize or make fun of someone for something they cannot help, whether it be a disability, their looks, their weight or hair.
— Remember that someone who criticizes their friends when they are not around will be criticizing you when you’re not around.
— Remember that if a young person criticizes or is angry toward their family, it might be indicative of how they will treat their eventual mate.
— Remember that your grandmother and greatgrandmother raised eight sons and a daughter on a farm, canning food, gardening and sewing clothes.
— Remember that your grandmother’s German ancestors came here to escape religious persecution and endured unbelievable hardships so they could stay true to their God.
— Remember that your German-American greatgrandfather served in the trenches of France, fighting against his parents’ former countrymen.
— Remember that your two grandfathers served in World War ll and voluntarily gave years of their
lives to this country so you could enjoy your life today.
— You come from a long line of independent thinking, independent acting women, and you should be proud of it.
— Remember that your grandmother, as a child, and her mother steamed across the Atlantic from Europe to escape the Nazis, with your great-grandfather left behind, worrying whether a U-boat would kill his precious family.
— Remember that three of your great-grandfathers grew up on farms, as did your dad and a grandfather. Remember that they worked long, long hard hours, proudly. It’s not die job, but die dignity and the pride in accomplishment that you bring to your job that matters.
— Remember that just because someone has a lot of education doesn’t necessarily mean dud they are smart or can be trusted.
— Remember the difference between being the center of your universe and being a guest on a planet called Earth.
— Remember that every job or task in front of y xi is worth doing correctly.
— Remember that scoundrels can be found in every walk of life and dignity and respect must be earned, not demanded. Just because someone thinks they are a big shot is no reason to trust them or admire them.
— Remember that there is a distinct difference between being liked and being respected. Never do anything or say anything to be liked that will take away from your self-respect.
— Never let anyone convince you that you cannot do something because you are a woman.
— Remember that we all make mistakes, but if you don’t make the same mistake twice, then you’ve turned that mistake into a lesson.
— If you don’t love and respect yourself, you cannot expect others to love and respect you.
— Remember that no matter what happens, your mother and father will love you.
(Doug Toney can be reached by calling 625-9144, ext. 301.)
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Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg , Washington, D C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922 FAX: 202-224-0776. Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive, Surte 460, San Antonio, TX, 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885
Sen Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D C Phone. 202-
224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856 Local Office. 404 E Ramsey, Surte 200, San Antonio, TX, 78216, Phone 210-366-9494,
Rep. Lamar Smith (21st Congressional District), 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515, Phone: 202-225-4236. Local Office: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210-821-5024, FAX: 210-821-5947.
Rep. Frank Tejeda, (28th Congressional District) 323 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, D.C. 20515, Phone: 202-
225-1640. Local Office: 1313 SE Military Drive, Suite 115, San Antonio, TX 78214, Phone: 210-924-7383, FAX: 210-927-6222.
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Gov. George W. Bush, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000.
Atty. General Dan Morales, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100.Today in History
By Tile Associated Press
Today is Sunday. Nov 10, foe 315fo day of 1996 ll leis are 51 days left rn foe year.
Today * Highlight in History:
On Nov. 10, 1871, journalist explorer Henry M, Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David bv-mgetone m central Africa Stanley delivered his famous greeting “Or. Livingstone, I presume?" Livingstone replied: “Yes, and I feet thankful that I am here to welcome you "
On this date:
In 1403, Martin Luther, the leader of (fie Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisieben, Germany
In 1775, foe U S Mannas were organized under authortty of foe Continental Congress
In 1919, foe American Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis
In 1920, Hwotuto was enthroned as Emperor of Japan
In 1951, direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor M Leslie Denning of Englewood, NJ,
caled his counterpart in Alameda, Calif.
In 1964, the two Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, Va.
In 1976, tile UN General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism (however, foe world body repealed foe resolution in December 1991)
In 1976, foe ore-haukng ship “Edmund Fitzgerald* and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.
In 1976, the Utah Supreme Court gave foe goahead for convicted murderer Gary Gilmore to be executed, according to his wishes (The sentence was carried out foe following January.)
In 1962, Soviet leader Leonid I Brezhnev died of a heart attack at aga 75.
In 1962, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington DC.
In 1969, workers began punching a hole in the Bertin Wall, a day after East Germany abolished its border restrictions
Tan years ago; Camilla Sontag and Marcal Coudan, two Frenchman who had bean bald hostage
in Lebanon, were released.
Five years ago: Publishing magnate Robert Maxwell was buried in Israel, five days after hie body was recovered off foe Canary Islands
One year ego: Defying international appeals for clemency. Nigeria’s military rulers hanged playwright Ken Saro-Wrwa along with eight other antt-govemmettt activists Searchers in Katmandu, Nepal, rescued 549 hikers after a massive avalanche struck the Himalayan tooth*, Ming 24 tourete and 32 Nepdesf.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Roy Scheider is 6t Lyricist Tim Rice ie 52. Rock smger-musidan Grep Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) rn 48. Actress-dancer Ann Reeking is 47 Singer Donne Fargo is 41. Actor Jack Scalta ie 45. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 40. Actress Mackenzie PNISps ie 37. Actress Heather Matarazzo (“Welcome to the Doghouse”) is 14. J
Thought tor Today: “Let the world know you ae: are, not as you think you should be, because so or later, it you are posing, you wi forget the pose, then where are you?*—Fanny Brice. American ad and singer (1891-1961).